Grand day for Newhaven Gadabout

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GARDENERS of Newhaven raised nearly £1,000 for charity last weekend when they opened their gardens to the public for the first Garden Gadabout trail in the town.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to seven gardens around Newhaven - ranging from a tiny Victorian terrace plot to a well established garden near the famous Valley Ponds.

There was an organic garden at Mount Pleasant with chickens and a rainwater harvesting system and a beautiful Mediterranean-style courtyard which had previously won a Best Garden in Britain competition.

Also included was a newly established west-facing garden with a specially built “camp” for the grandchildren, the town’s clifftop community garden and a stunning terraced garden overlooking the harbour, in front of what was once a coastguard cottage.

Fine weather on Saturday, plus brilliant sunshine after rain on the Sunday morning, attracted a steady stream of visitors. In addition there were cream teas for sale, plus plants, sculpture, prints and driftwood boats, all made by local artists.

All the money raised will go to Sussex Beacon, Brighton, supporting HIV patients.